August 25, 1965
One of the mysteries of The Vault is finding unmarked glassine negative sleeves. I found this image after writing about the skinny Beatle neckties of the advertising staff. It came from a box marked in red grease pencil “Dec. 64-March 65.”
A quick search of the web revealed that the U.S. release of the album in the photo, Help, was August 13, 1965. A lucky spin through the microfilm found this story from August 25.
Hollywood Bowl concerts. Marilyn Wilcox and Joan Tregarthen won box seats in a radio contest and the opportunity to interview the band. Tensions in the Screamies over who got tickets and who didn’t lead the fan group to disband…five years before The Beatles made the same decision. This image is of Laura McNamara, on the left, and friend. Tribune photographers Jim Vestal or Jack Wilson may have made the photo.
There were surprising numbers of national news stories in the latter half of August 1965. Headline stories included Watts Riots, Vietnam War, Gemini 5 space flight and Juan Marichal’s horrific fight with John Rosboro. Locally a jury was hearing the death penalty phase of Richard Dale Van Buskirk, convicted of first-degree murder and the proposed Lopez Dam was scheduled for a vote.
In response to the challanges of the era the Beatles would lead the evolution from pop confections to heavier cultural commentary.
A couple of notes for young web readers.
• The Beatles was the band Paul McCartney was in before he was solo and before Wings.
• We paid for music in 1965 and in return we got these cool albums with big photos and often lyrics too.
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